Drought Assistance - Hay Permits

In an effort to provide drought relief to Missouri farmers who may have trouble obtaining adequate livestock feed for this winter, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks is making available almost 1,000 acres of specified state park grasslands to be mowed and harvested as hay.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the drought assistance hay program may apply for access to any of the state park haying locations listed below. A lottery system will be used to randomly select one winner from the list of applicants for each location. New location added: St. Francois State Park

The lottery winner for each state park haying location will be issued a permit. The permit period will begin August 27, 2018, and will close November 27, 2018. When the permit process is complete, the lottery winner may proceed with cutting and harvesting the hay on or after August 27, 2018. Hay may be cut only after August 27 and must be removed before November 27.

The map indicates the approximate area that is available for haying. Acreage figures shown represent only an approximation of the harvestable hay. Specific boundaries will be identified by the facility manager.

Haying Locations   |   Hay Lottery Conditions of Participation   |   How to Enter   |   Results

  

Haying Locations

Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site - Butler, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 30 acres - Area behind shelter.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Justin Adams at Stockton State Park (417) 276-4259.

Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site - Ash Grove, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 100 acres - Around cabin and between office and highway.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Mike Busekrus (417) 751-3266.

Bryant Creek State Park - Douglas County, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 50 acres - Near house.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Carl Bonnell at Table Rock State Park (417) 334-4704.

Castlewood State Park - Ballwin, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 46 +/- acres - Open Field - Castlewood Loop Trail tract.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Jeff Bonney (636) 227-4433.

Crowder State Park - Trenton, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 56 +/- acres - Shippen Tract - North side of park and Tall Oaks Tract.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Anna Persell (660) 359-6473.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park - Camdenton, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 20 acres - Collins Farm area.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Ryan King (573) 346-2986.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park - Middle Brook, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 20 +/- acres - Open fields - East of the bicycle path and outside of the fen fence.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Krista Kennon (573) 546-2450.

Long Branch State Park - Macon, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 155 +/- acres - Around Bee Trace Boat Ramp and interior areas of the Bee Trace Area peninsula and along Visitor Center Road, around lagoons, and north of the campground and park office.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Jered Wisdom (660) 773-5229.

Osage Village State Historic Site – Walker, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 70 acres – All open spaces except the flat top of the hill and its side slopes.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Beth Bazal (417) 682-2279

Ozark Mountain State Park - Taney County, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 50 acres - Open fields.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Carl Bonnell at Table Rock State Park (417) 334-4704.

Pershing State Park - Laclede, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 12 +/- acres - Mound area south of Hwy 36.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Tom Woodward (660) 963-2299.

Prairie State Park - Mindenmines, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 160 acres - Rice Tract East of NN, north of Central Road.
Special Conditions: In addition to the  Conditions of Hay Lottery, the following are in effect for Prairie State Park:

  • Applicants shall power wash all tractors and equipment immediately prior to entering the Park. All tractors and equipment shall be free of outside debris before they may be used at the Park.
  • No vehicles or equipment that have been in contact with Johnsongrass or Old-World Bluestem grasses (including Yellow, King Ranch, and Caucasion Bluestem) may be used in the Park.
  • Applicants shall not drive vehicles or equipment from or across private fields to reach the Park.

For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Katy Holmer (417) 843-6711.

Robertsville State Park - Robertsville, Mo. 
Description of Haying Area: 45 +/- acres - Fields in south side of park (fields have woody material that could be affect mowing).
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Erik Otto (636) 257-3788.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park - Columbia, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 80 +/- acres - Hwy 163/ Rock Bridge Lane/ High Point Lane.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Sarah Jones (573) 449-7402.

Route 66 State Park - Eureka, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 35 +/- acres - Open fields - ash mound and southwest fields.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Don Fink (636) 938-7198.

St. Francois State Park - Bonne Terre, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 40 +/- acres - Behind Shelter #2
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Alan Lancaster (573) 358-2173.

Wallace State Park - Cameron, Mo.
Description of Haying Area: 25 +/- - Northeast corner of the park.
For more information and to schedule a time to view the haying area call: Lana Woody (816) 632-3745.

  

Hay Lottery Conditions of Participation
  • Applicant is permitted to harvest hay only during the period from August 27, 2018 to November 27, 2018.
  • Acreage figures noted above represent only an approximation of the harvestable area. The attached map indicates the approximate area available. Specific boundaries shall be identified by the Park Facility Manager prior to undertaking hay harvesting operations.
  • All hay harvested pursuant to this permit shall only be available for the applicant’s own personal use and shall not be sold to others or harvested for commercial purposes.
  • Applicants shall not engage in mowing, bailing, and hauling of harvested materials during periods when field conditions may cause damage to fields such as rutting and/or soil erosion. Costs for repair by the Department of such damage will be recovered from the applicant.
  • Requests for extensions to mowing or removal dates due to wet conditions should be directed to the Park Facility Manager.
  • Applicant shall remove all bales, stacks, and windrows from the Park within 15 days of the harvest. Any hay remaining in the Park after November 30, 2018, will become the property of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, unless applicant receives prior written permission from the Park Facility Manager to extend the removal period. Extensions may be granted due to wet conditions in the fields.
  • Applicant shall remove all equipment, litter, and broken bales within 15 days of baling.
  • Hay harvesting shall be completed in a professional manner and the area shall be left in a neat condition upon completion, and may not be over seeded, sprayed, or fertilized.
  • The contractor shall submit a written report in person, by letter or by e-mail to the Park Facility Manager, indicating the total number and size of the bales harvested from each field.
  • Applicant shall only be permitted one cutting for any portion of the permitted area.
  • Applicant shall inform the Park Facility Manager when equipment is to be moved to or from the hay fields.
  • Applicant shall not store equipment at the facility without prior written approval from the Park Facility Manager.
  • Applicant shall report any accidental damage to Department owned property, including fences, gates, or grounds to the Park Facility Manager within 24 hours. The applicant agrees to pay the Department for damages to Department owned property resulting from harvesting, including but not limited to damage to fences, signs, plantings, or other park features. Signs, fences, and land monuments shall not be removed altered, or damaged.
  • No wildlife or parts thereof shall be maliciously harmed or removed from the Park.
  • Wherever possible, applicant shall use only grass-covered road spurs to enter and exit fields. Applicant shall not drive through ditches or enter fields when ground is not firm.
  • This permit shall be subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws now in effect or any laws that may be hereafter enacted, and all applicable rules of state and federal agencies.
  • Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this permit may lead to revocation of the permit preventing the applicant from continuing with hay harvest and removal. In the event the Department revokes this permit, the Department reserves the right to offer all forfeited hay harvest materials to other interested parties.
  • The State of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources accept no liability for personal injury or equipment breakdowns due to any abnormal topographical conditions or abnormal vegetative conditions resulting from this permit.
  • The Missouri Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to modify or reduce any portion the described area from this permit at any time.
  • The Missouri Department of Natural Resources makes no guarantee as to the quality and quantity of the hay, to the presence of any toxic materials, or to the contaminants that may be contained in the hay or other plant material harvested, and herein assumes no responsibilities to the applicant or users of hay or other plant material harvested from the right-of-way.
  • The applicant agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the State of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the Division of State Parks from any and all liability, loss or damage that the Department may suffer as a result of claims, demands, costs, or judgements against it arising out of the issuance of this permit or applicant’s operations. The applicant acknowledges that all operations are at applicant’s own risk. Applicant understands and acknowledges that the Park is not traditionally harvested for hay, therefore equipment-damaging debris may be present.
  • The applicant agrees to give the Department forty-eight hours’ notice of intent to start operations. Notification shall be given to the Park Facility Manager noted below.

How to enter the hay lottery. 
  1. Read all conditions of participation in the hay lottery.
  2. Complete the online lottery entry survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HayLottery. Remember, only one entry per household for each location.
  3. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Hay Lottery Results

The hay lottery drawing will be held and winners will be contacted on Monday, August 27, 2018. The winner for each hay contract location will then be responsible for contacting the facility manager for that location to complete the contract process and to make arrangements for the hay harvest.

UPDATE
The winners listed below are being notified.  If a winner declines, a new drawing will take place for that location.

Haying Location

Winner's Name

Winner's City

Battle of Island Mound SHS Stephanie L. Miller, Mo.
Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead SHS Denise O. Ash Grove, Mo.
Bryant Creek SP Jason B. Thayer, Mo.
Castlewood SP Julie D. Montgomery City, Mo.
Crowder SP Darin B.. Eugene, Mo.
Ha Ha Tonka SP Toby F. Carrollton, Mo.
Johnson's Shut-Ins SP William S. Belgrade, Mo.
Long Branch SP Davin Y. Edina, Mo.
Osage Village SHS Marvin T. Wheatland, Mo.
Ozark Mountain SP Jeff H. Rolla, Mo.
Pershing SP Rucsella S. Pollock, Mo.
Prairie SP James H. Nevada, Mo.
Robertsville SP Clayton B. Springfield, Mo.
Rock Bridge Memorial SP Jason S. Centralia, Mo.
Route 66 SP Pam B. Warrenton, Mo.
St. Francois SP Kelsey L. Tebbetts, Mo.
Wallace SP Rachel V. Edgerton, Mo.